The Cardinals announced Thursday morning that right handed pitcher Michael Wacha would be activated from the 60-day DL and that the contract of first baseman Xavier Scruggs would be purchased from Memphis (AAA). In a corresponding move, outfielder Shane Robinson was being moved from the 15-day DL to the 60-day DL.
Wacha has been out since June 17 with a stress reaction in his right shoulder; originally, the team expected him to be back in 6 to 8 weeks, but the pitcher is returning just over 11 weeks later. The team did not know how to diagnose the issue since Brandon McCarthy is the only other pitcher to have the same injury. Wacha pitched 2.0 innings Sunday night for the Springfield Cardinals.
Scruggs was drafted in the 19th round of the 2008 MLB draft by the Cardinals. He's steadily worked his way to Triple A this year, where he slashed .286/.370/.494 with 21 home runs. Scruggs has good power and should be able to be an instant improvement for the bench. He'll also see the occasional start to give struggling first baseman Matt Adams a rest here and there. This is Scruggs first trip to the majors.
Scruggs was one of the final cuts in spring training, where he almost made the Cardinals bench. He would have been an instant upgrade over many of the other bench players, as there wasn't much power coming off the bench from Tony Cruz, Dan Descalso, Mark Ellis, and Peter Bourjos.
The late University of San Diego coach Tony Gwynn was asked in 2009 who was the best college hitter he'd seen and he replied "Former UNLV star Xavier Scruggs. That guy just killed us."
Robinson was placed on the 15-day DL on August 26 with a shoulder injury; a few days later, he had surgery on the shoulder which ended his season. The 60-day DL move was needed to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for Scruggs.